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Volume 3 Number 3

Harry & Rosemary Wong ask, "Is it possible that a school district would have no openings at a time of worldwide teacher shortages? But more importantly, why were there no openings in the Medford School District?"...
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Around the Block by Cheryl Ristow
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
Every Day is Read Across America Day!
Music is...
Ten Pennies and Ten Dimes
Swinging on the Education Pendulum
Literature Circles
Internet Based Interaction in the Classroom
How to Create A Bad Acceptable Use Policy Document (And Have It Survive)!
Safety on College Campuses
The Montessori Mystery
Playing Baseball in the Classroom - A Flexible, Adaptable Game to Motivate Your Students
Whither Not Social Studies!
When Bright Kids Say, "I'm Bored!"
Book Review: Comprehension Instruction
Teacher Social Groups
Retaining Principals
Today I Learned
Things You NEVER Thought You'd Have to Say…or Hear
What Was Your Most Unforgettable Show and Tell?
How Do You Deal With Middle School Students' Apathy?
Why Reading Scores Across the Nation Have Declined
Apple Seeds
Special Days This Month
Poem - Searching for the Gold
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • A Challenging Foot Feat
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Featured Lesson from the Lesson Bank
  • Here Comes the Train
  • Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Chatboard Poll, What changes has your district made in an effort to raise test scores?
    Action Against Hunger Project
    Explore Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest
    Third Annual Music Education Survey Gets Underway
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    About NEA's Read Across America...

    Read Across America Day is celebrated annually on or near March 2, the birth date of popular and prolific children's author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel). In classrooms, communities, malls, and libraries, adults and children across the country celebrate the joy of reading by picking up books and participating in book related activities. Instituted by The National Education Association (NEA) in 1998, Read Across America very soon lived up to its billing as the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen. The event drew participation by roughly ten million children and adults in its first year, and has grown steadily since, with aproximately 35 million participating in 2001.

    The goal of Read Across America Day is not to encourage reading on one day each year, it is an effort to encourage the development of the habit of reading. Teachers.Net is proud to partner with NEA in this worthy effort!

    Read Across America is a project of the National Education Association.


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    Teachers.Net Feature...

    The Cat in the Hat TM & (c) 1957 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Rights Reserved.

    Every Day is Read Across America Day!

    by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor

    Don't let the date stop you from celebrating books and reading! Though Read Across America Day comes but once a year, you can keep the spirit alive by implementing the good ideas shared on Teachers.Net forums during every month of the year.

    Door decorating (or bulletin board) activities can be used to extend the spirit of Read Across America Day throughout the school year. Here are some ideas shared on Teachers.Net Read Across America forums:

    We are doing the door decorating contest, too. My kindergarten class did The Rainbow Fish. We decorated fish patterns by tearing colored paper and used glitter for the colored fin. We used paper bags to represent the sand, green streamers for seawood and a red paper plate as a crab. It came out cute. We put it on a sky blue paper.
    Submitted by Carrie

    I put a large picture of The Cat in The Hat on my door, then I added an invitation to all to read a book on March 1st. I included two poems about reading, and pictures on my students reading books in various poses.
    Submitted by Penny Allen

    Our entire school chose one of the 50 states and decorated their doors for the state they drew from a hat. I got Arizona, but we are a small school in Mississippi. My students and I learned a lot about Arizona and other states too because of the other door decorations throughout the school. The theme Free To Read was carried out on each door. We learned as we read across America! I teach 3rd grade. We also planned Wear Green Day (Mr. Grinch). Crazy Socks Day (Fox in Socks), and Dress Up Day like your favorite storybook character. Hat Day (Old Hat, New Hat), Free to Read, Patriotic Day (wear red, white and blue).
    Submitted by Lisa Cornelson

    We took pictures of each student.They made red and white cat hats to put on their pictures and wrote a sentence to tell where they are going. This went with the book Oh the Places You'll Go.
    Submitted by Jean

    I do a rhyming activity with my kids after reading The Cat in the Hat. They have to come up with a pair of rhyming words. They then cut out a hat and on 2 strips of white paper write each rhyming word. The white strips become the stripes on the Seuss hat. I hang them on the bulletin board with a picture of the Cat in the Hat in the middle with the saying
    Hats off to Dr. Seuss
    Submitted by Lisa Marie/1/PA

    Here's an activity you can use during any month of the year to extend the influence of Read Across America Day:

    I'm reading the book My Many Colored Days and having my students pick one color that describes them the most and write about why it does. Then they can watercolor a self portrait, using only that color and it can be put up next to the writing.
    Submitted by Monica/CA/1

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    A week of plans for Read Across America in first grade

    Centered Instruction

    These are the Seuss Centers running next week [RAA Week] Monday-Friday and culminating with a Dr. Seuss birthday party for Friday Fun:

    Reading: Children will read a Dr. Seuss book of their choice to one of the classroom bears and complete a page in the classroom journal to document their work.

    Games/Reading: The children will match four dialog cards with each of five Dr. Seuss books: Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks, and The Cat in the Hat.

    Science/Art: Children will experiment with colors using test tubes and colored water to make shades of the color green. This will correlate with our study of Green Eggs and Ham.

    Big Books: Horton Hears A Who and The Lorax.

    Listening/Reading: Children will listen to The Cat in the Hat Returns.

    Mini Page/Reading for Meaning: Children will circle the sentence whose content matches what is seen in six Dr. Seuss illustrations.

    Lego/Blocks/Math: Children will use Lego blocks to make a 'Seuss-like' block animal in 2-D and will then draw the animal in 3-D to correlate with their math. The book If I Ran the Zoo will be available in the center for the children's use.

    Math: The children will solve an addition and a subtraction problem using a Cat-in-the-Hat worksheet. The problem must be read, illustrated and solved with a number sentence. The children will write a sentence describing their strategy.

    Keyboarding/Language Arts: Children will type their first name and the following sentence: "I like it here. Oh, I like it a lot!" Said the Cat in the Hat to the fish in the pot.

    Art/Language Arts: The children will complete their Dr. Seuss hats for Friday's celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday.

    Overhead/Problem Solving: Children will find nine Dr. Seuss rhyming words in a word search.
    Submitted by Mary Waldrup NC/1st Grade